9th Annual

International Festival of Animated Objects

March 08, 2016 to March 17, 2016

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Short films under 15 minutes that use animated objects in some fashion are eligible.

The entire film does not have to feature animated objects, but animated objects should be an important focus of the work.Mask, puppetry, stop-motion, object manipulation are eligible.

Computer generated or digital animation is NOT ELIGIBLE.


Animovies at the International Festival of Animated Objects presents films, videos, and new media art that uses ANIMATED OBJECTS from across the country and around the world to an enthusiastic audience in a biennial festival that celebrates the art of animated objects. Puppet films, stop motion films, live action puppets are eligible. DIGITAL ANIMATION IS NOT ELIGIBLE.

The Festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers and the film-going public.

Our aim is to assist indie filmmakers, animated objects artists and animators in developing their work through public screenings, symposiums with industry professionals, networking sessions, and social gatherings with other filmmakers and artists.


The Animovies film segment of the International Festival of Animated Objects is screened as part of a larger art festival that celebrates mask, puppetry and animated objects in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

We take a wide view when defining "animated objects". It encompasses classic forms like puppetry and stop-motion animation, but includes much more. Cell animation, paper cut-outs, a candle melting, a pen and bubble wrap, photocopies, a zoetrope, all fit within animated objects.

If there is an object being manipulated to tell your story, it qualifies. Our audience loves work that challenges and expands the boundaries of animated objects.

A pixel is not an object, under our definitions. Sorry all you fantastic digital animators, but your work will not meet our criteria, so please save yourself a submission fee.

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people's eyes, to reveal the marvels around.” - Paulo Coelho

We believe in honouring the work of film makers and pay nominal screening fees, based on IMAA rates.

Films screened in the past include:

The World According to Sesame Street by Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan
Bjork's Wanderlust by Encyclopedia Pictura (USA),
The Bridge by Vincent Bierrewaerts (Belgium),
Cattle Call by Matthew Rankin & Mike Maryniuk (Canada),
My Grandmother Beijing by Matts Grorud (China/Norway),
Midnight Matinee by J. Scott Portingale (Canada),
Copy City by Denise Hauser (UK),
Restless by Joey Garfield (USA),
Fantasie in Bubblewrap by Arthur Metcalf (USA),
Carlitopolis by Nieto (France),
Small Birds Singing by Linda McCarthy (UK),
The Bed Wetter by Ingo Schiller & Stephan-Flint Muller (Germany),
Paradise by Jesse Rosensweet (Canada),
Pat's First Kiss by Pat Mills (Canada),
Run by Melanie Mandl (USA),
For the Love of God by Joe Tucker (UK),
Melty Kitty by Alison Mitchell (Canada),
Raymond by Bif (UK/France),
Animatou by Claude Luyet (Switzerland),
The Life Sized Zoetrope by Mark Simon Hewis (UK),
The Execution of Margot Rumebe by Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Canada),
Another Lost Soul by Lyle Pisio (Canada)

The festival is biennial, ie, takes place every two years, on the odd years.

About Calgary Animated Objects Society - CAOS

CAOS is a non-profit, charitable arts organization that develops, produces and promotes the art of animated objects in all it's forms including live performance, media art, and visual art.

CAOS is the producer of the International Festival of Animated Objects, a celebration of mask, puppetry and all things animated running March 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


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Shorts and documentaries involving animated objects are eligible. Animated objects includes, but is in no way limited to: puppets, masks, stop-motion, hand drawn animation, and encompasses a myriad of other expressions of animated objects. Digital and/or computer generated animation is not eligible.


I hereby grant The INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED OBJECTS, all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film. I represent that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. I further represent that I am authorized to submit the above-referenced film and, if selected, will deliver the screening print to the Festival office no later than February 25, 2013.

Additionally, I indemnify the Festival from any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, and attorney's fee arising out of or in connection with third parties in regards to the screening of said film, which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Further, I hereby agree that I have read and agree to the Rules and Regulations for submissions to The INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED OBJECTS.

The INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED OBJECTS is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes to a max of 3 min per film.